The Duke Fuqua School of Business offers many options to complete an MBA, all of which use the same core educational experience. Students can complete a traditional daytime MBA, an Accelerated Daytime MBA, a Global Executive MBA or a Weekend Executive MBA. These programs range from 10 months to 22 months.  Fuqua also offers a unique Cross Continent MBA, a 16-month program that can be completed in six locations worldwide, such as London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Other degree options include a Master of Management Studies (M.M.S.), Executive Education programs, a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a focused MBA program in Health Sector Management.

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, consulting, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, general management, health care administration, leadership, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, and technology.

Tuition costs are as follows; Daytime MBA is US$70,000 per year, Accelerated Daytime MBA is US$86,835 per year, Global Executive MBA is US$149,500 per year and Weekend Executive MBA is US$140,400 per year. Merit Scholarship and student loan options are available for both US and International students.

As per the latest graduating class, 94% of students had received full time job offers with an average base salary of US$$127,874 and an average signing bonus of US$33,202.

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Application Deadlines

Early Action: 19 September 2019

Round 1: 14 October 2019

Round 2: 6 January 2020

Round 3: 11 March 2020

Application Fee: $225

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 22.4%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 700

 Average GRE score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

Average work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

1. Short Essay Questions

  1. Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?
  2. What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.

Answer both questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

2. Long Essay 1

First required essay: 25 random things about yourself

Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.

For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world.  These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the admissions committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

3. Long Essay 2

Second required essay: The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of the classroom?

4. Optional Essay

Tell us more

If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

Instructions for all written submissions

  • Responses should use 1.5-line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point.
  • Do not repeat the question in the document you upload with your application.
  • Respond fully and concisely.
  • Length requirements vary by question and are detailed below.
  • Responses must be completed before submitting your application.

All submissions are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Your recommenders must complete the current recommendation forms associated with the online application—no other format of recommendation will be accepted.

At least one recommendation should reflect your performance in your most recent professional setting. Volunteer activities or other service-oriented roles in which you are deeply involved may also be excellent sources for recommendations. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities.

Submissions by email or mail are not accepted.

New applicants:

  • Two letters of recommendation


  • One new recommendation letter (not from a previous recommender)

Other recommendation guidelines:

  1. You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  2. Use your recommenders’ work email addresses rather than personal accounts like Gmail, which will be more closely monitored in our credential verification process.
  3. Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.
  4. Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.

The following questions are included on the recommendation form:

  • Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.
  • How do the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
  • What do you perceive as the applicant’s areas for growth?
  • Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee.

Bonus recommendation from Fuqua students and alumni: In addition to the two required recommendations, you may provide additional recommendations from our alumni or current students.

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